26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
from Angela LaVallie Tinsley, Facilities Services Program Director and Memorial Garden Administrator
Part of Romans 8:26 tells us that “we do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” I think back to what my prayers were like when I was younger. I mostly asked for what I wanted. I didn’t think much beyond the immediate future, and I didn’t really listen for God. As I matured in my faith and started thinking more critically, it became more complicated to know what I should be praying for. If I asked for what I wanted and got it, how would that impact those around me? Was what I wanted in line with what God wanted?
Before he was arrested in the garden, Jesus prayed for what he wanted (for God to take away what was about to happen), but then he also prayed for God’s will to be done.
When we ask for what we want, but then also think through the consequences of getting what we want (both good and bad) and asking for God’s will to prevail, we’re entering into a conversation with God, allowing God to guide our thoughts and speak to us. When we don’t know what to say, we give the Spirit room to intercede on our behalf.
If you haven’t already prayed this way, give it a try and see how God might enrich that time in your relationship!
Thank you for allowing us to spend time in prayer with you. We get so busy and fall into routines that don’t allow for the give and take of dialogue in prayer.
Guide us as we share ourselves with you in prayer and help us to hear what you have to say.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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